Wednesday, September 26, 2012

authors and book signings!

One of the things I like so much about DC is book tours. Of course, book tours happen all over the country, but authors often make a stop here, and I often get to meet them and have a copy of their newest book signed for me! So much fun. When I write a book, I'm totally going on a 50 state tour.
Here is me and Heidi with Jennifer Weiner! She spoke at the Historic Sixth and I Synagogue and was seriously hilarious. Also? She had cupcakes during the signing for people to munch on while waiting in line! She and I chatted about Bachelor/Bachelorette and she was impressed when I told her that Chris Harrison once replied to one of my tweets (true story!). This book, The Next Best Thing, was my favorite of hers, I really think. This was the first time I'd seen her, and I hope she returns to DC with the next book!

Also earlier this year (in May, I think!), Jen Lancaster was here! She is usually here on her tours- I think this was the third time I met her! Also super hilarious. Her most recent book, Jeneration X, is as funny as her others. Love her. 

Most recently, Emily Giffin was here, just last month! Like Jen Lancaster, she spoke at a local Barnes and Noble. Also like with Jen, I went to the event alone, as Heidi wasn't available (boooo!), but it was still a lot of fun. It was funny, because at her talk, there was a real-life Kirby in the audience, which, if you've read the book, you know is a character in her new book, Where We Belong.

So! Those are a few of my recent author meetings, which I just think are so much fun. I will admit, that I tend to get a bit tongue-tied when meeting "famous" people, so sometimes, I have to prepare what to say before I get to the table! I'm not the only one who does this, right???

Have you met any authors? Have you read any of these three books? What did you think???


Monday, September 24, 2012

strawberry infused vodka- finished!

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about making strawberry infused vodka??? Well, it is finished, and we finally tried it!
I saw it on the blog for Washington Green Grocer, a produce delivery service here in DC, and thought the idea was too good not to try.
I was at TJMaxx and saw this giant canning jar for just $5.99, and thought it was too good a deal not to buy. So buy I did, and then stopped at the liquor store around the corner from my house. I knew I had strawberries at home.
Since the jar was a bit larger than I had anticipated using, I didn't fill it all the way up. I used one container of strawberries, hulled and cleaned, which filled the jar about a third of the way.  When I poured in the vodka (Polish, of course!), it filled about halfway up. Then I closed up the lid, made sure it was sealed tight, and tucked the jar away for safe-keeping!

The jar snoozed in our liquor cabinet (which is under this table!) for three weeks before we cracked it open. I will admit, that I never peeked at it at all during that time- apparently we drank wine those weeks  ;)  The blog post indicates that you should shake the jar a few times a week. Ooops, forgot about that! Oh well!
As you can see, the strawberries lost their color, and we had pink vodka!

(I think I need a nicer looking pitcher...)

As suggested, we drank it with lemonade, and it was delicious! We really enjoyed it. 

This was such a simple thing to do, with great results. Vodka is such an easy thing to infuse, and we are debating what to try next! I'm thinking seasonal, so perhaps cranberries and limes?  What sort of vodka would you like to infuse? What do you think we should try next??

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

{almost} Wordless Wdenesday: lobstah dinnah!

I was in NH this weekend for my sister's bridal shower and bachelorette (more on that later!).

A good time was had by all, especially because lobstah was involved!

Here's me and my dinnah!

He was delish ;)

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Friday, September 14, 2012

a peacock obsession?

I seem to have developed a bit of a peacock obsession, and I'm blaming pinterest for it. For some reason, they seem to be all over the place, and I found myself pinning peacock images, and then, finally created an entire board dedicated to peacocks. I want everything there. 

Oy. What has come over me? 

Or, maybe, instead of pinterest, it began when Steve painted this lovely peacock painting???

He went to a living social event that had them painting with cocktails.

The result? This gorgeous peacock painting, and Steve's new obsession with mimosas. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: On September

One of the best things about fall, in my opinion...

I do love cornbread!

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

oh yes!

I know I'm not the only one who feels this way  ;)  

Are you on pinterest?